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April 2016

Dermatologic Ailments in the White House

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(4):398. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3647

American history encompasses a wide spectrum of dermatologic disease that has affected past presidents of the United States and their families. America’s founding father, George Washington, developed a carbuncle on his left hip during his first year as president. After several weeks, during which he was very ill, he underwent incision and drainage, with his symptoms improving immediately. James Madison developed frostbite on his nose after campaigning for the First Congress in 1788.

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